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Revolutions and Classics

Revolutions and Classics

Friday July 22nd 2016

University College London

Researchers in classical reception are increasingly intrigued by the political significances of antiquity for subsequent cultures and societies: the field has been energised by the recent publication of Classics and Communism (2013) and Greek and Roman Classics in the British Struggle for Social Reform (2015).

’Revolutions and Classics’ examines the manner in which classical texts and artefacts have been deployed in societies undergoing rapid and radical social change. This one-day workshop aims to foster interdisciplinary discussion of intersections between classics and revolutions; substantial time will also be given to discussion of teaching across classical reception, classics, and politics.

The workshop is hosted by The Classical Reception Studies Network and the Legacy of Greek Political Thought Network, with the support of the Department of Greek and Latin at UCL, and the Department of Classics at the University of Reading. In line with the aims of the Classical Receptions Studies Network, the day is designed to be especially useful for doctoral researchers and early career academics.

Confirmed speakers include Rosa Andújar (UCL), Carol Atack (Warwick), Emma Cole (Bristol), Nicholas Cole (Oxford), Susan Deacy (Roehampton), Rachel Foxley (Reading), Benjamin Gray (Edinburgh), Jo Paul (Open University), Sanja Petrovic and Rosa Mucignat (Kings College London), Luke Richardson (University College London), and Michael Simpson (Goldsmiths).

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required; interested participants should register here. Ph.D. and Masters students from both UK and international institutions are eligible to apply for bursaries which can be used to subvent the costs of accommodation, subsistence, and travel. To apply for a bursary, please email the following information to Rosa Andújar and Barbara Goff on or before 30 June 2016:

1. A statement of not more than 200 words describing your research and how you might benefit from attending ‘Revolutions and Classics’ 2. a brief cv.

Should you have any questions, please contact the organisers:Barbara Goff, University of Reading and Rosa Andújar, UCL. The organisers are very grateful to the A. G. Leventis Fund at UCL for their generous support, as well as the UCL Institute for Advanced Studies, CUCD, and the Classical Association.

The programme of events can be found here.

Cultural Encounters through Reading and Writing

Cultural Encounters through Reading and Writing: New Approaches to the History of Literary Culture

9-11 June 2016

Glasgow Women’s Library

Please see the latest version of the programme of the international conference “Cultural Encounters through Reading and Writing: New Approaches to the History of Literary Culture” (Glasgow Women´s Library, 9-11 June 2016), which will celebrate the closure of the collaborative research project Travelling Texts, 1790-1914: The Transnational Reception of Women’s Writing at the Fringes of Europe (Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain)

English and European Comparative Studies: Views from the Future

English and European Comparative Studies: Views from the Future

 Monday 9 May 2016 12:30 – 17:30

Rooms 246 and G35, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

The Colloquium will examine current trends and future directions in European Comparative Studies and beyond, addressing issues of history, interdisciplinarity, translation, genres, intermediality, technology, cultural and world/transnational studies as well as the relationship between English and Comparative Studies. Please also see the  Full Programme and Registration pages for more details.

This event is part of the IES-Comparative Modernisms Seminar Series, convened by Dr Angeliki Spiropoulou,Visiting Research Fellow at IEL/SAS and Assist. Professor of European Literature and Theory at Peloponnese University.


CFP: BCLA Summer Graduate Reception

Call for Papers
BCLA Summer Graduate Reception: Environments
Wednesday 8 June 2016, University of Essex

We are pleased to announce that the British Comparative Literature Association will be hosting a Graduate Reception on the evening of Wednesday 8 June 2016.

The theme for this year’s Summer Reception is “Environments” and we have three slots available for postgraduates to give a 20-minute paper on any aspect of their research in Comparative Literature that addresses literature’s multiple environments, such as socio-political, ethical, aesthetic, scientific, theoretical, natural, and so on, or examines the way in which the environment and environmental studies figure in the discipline of Comparative Literature. Submissions need not be limited to these parameters and we welcome broad and creative interpretations of this theme.

Our keynote speaker for the evening is Dr Susan Oliver (Reader in Literature at the University of Essex) whose talk is titled “Reading the Environment: Landscaping Violence and Restitution?”

BCLA Graduate Receptions are friendly evening seminars which offer postgraduates working in Comparative Literature and related fields the opportunity to present their work to peers and academics, followed by an informal wine reception.

The deadline for abstracts (up to 250 words) is Wednesday 18 May 2016; please send abstracts to us. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.


Romantic Legacies

National Chengchi University (NCCU), Taipei, Taiwan

18-19 November 2016

Keynote Speakers:

Rachel Bowlby, FBA (Comparative Literature, Princeton University/English, University College, London): “Romantic Walking and Railway Realism”

Arthur Versluis (Religious Studies, Michigan State University): TBA

In his seminal book The Roots of Romanticism (1999), Isaiah Berlin regards Romanticism as “the largest recent movement to transform the lives and the thoughts of the Western world.” Indeed, Romantic ideas and attitudes—embraced by Goethe, Hegel, Sade, de Staël, Rousseau, Baudelaire, Wollstonecraft, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Beethoven, Schubert, Poe, Emerson, Thoreau, Dickinson, Turner, and Delacroix, to name but a few—not merely changed the course of history in the West in the late-eighteenth and nineteenth centuries but helped to fashion twentieth-century democracy, environmentalism, Surrealism, fascist nationalism, communist universalism, spiritualism, social liberalism, and so forth in the West as well as in the East. This two-day interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together academics from across the humanities and social sciences to explore the full spectrum of possible Romanticisms, the germination, maturation, and development of this heritage on both sides of the Atlantic and its afterlife in our global capitalist culture today.

Proposals of no more than 300 words should be sent by 15 May 2016 via EasyChair. Should you have any questions or enquiries, please contact us.

We intend to produce an edited volume from the conference with a major academic publisher and a special issue for The Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture.

Please see the Conference Website for more detail.